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The Spirit Thief Audiobook

The Spirit Thief

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Publisher's Summary

Eli Monpress is talented. He's charming. And he's a thief.

But not just any thief. He’s the greatest thief of the age - and he’s also a wizard. And with the help of his partners - a swordsman with the most powerful magic sword in the world but no magical ability of his own, and a demonseed who can step through shadows and punch through walls - he’s going to put his plan into effect.

The first step is to increase the size of the bounty on his head, so he’ll need to steal some big things. But he’ll start small. He’ll just steal something that no one will miss - at least for a while.

Something like a king.

©2010 Rachel Aaron (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"After a slow start, debut author Aaron pulls the action together and turns in a romp of a lighthearted fantasy starring an absolutely darling rogue." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Oren 11-29-11
    Oren 11-29-11
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    "The full series is very good."

    The first book is good but the characters are better explored in the next two. All of them are well narrated and tie in nicely together.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Coral 12-16-13
    Coral 12-16-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Good Early Novel"

    Overall I wanted to like this novel. Eli Moonpress is an interest character; the magic in this world has it's flavor and does not come out sounding too much like a video game or another cookie cut system; Luke Daniels does a lives jobs of reading. The story line is good.

    The problem with the novel is that other then Eli the other characters felt to me very flat and unformed. They did not really seem to be anything other then dialog and a reason to change perspective. They we robbed of desire or personal motivation other then blunt and clear one surface one.

    It's not bad is just feels like a early novel where someone has mastered the art of creating characters who are real.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Trish 03-22-12
    Trish 03-22-12
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    "Wish I could give it more stars!"

    Unbelievably good. I'm so glad I found this series. There wasn't one thing about this story that I didn't like (and that's rare!). Luke Daniels is an amazing narrator. I bought the other two in the series as soon as I finished this one. Brilliant!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Forget me not 09-30-17 Member Since 2016
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    "wasn't sure"

    i wasn't sure i liked it but i finished the book went to the second and fell in love with the story and the characters and the voice of it all when i got done with all 5 i went back to this one and liked it better the second time around

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    redfox 08-31-17
    redfox 08-31-17
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    "Great narration of a so-so book"
    What did you like best about The Spirit Thief? What did you like least?

    Interesting world, has some potential. The writing is pretty weak, thin characters, and every moment one of huge drama, involving ever more over-the-top new players. More a setup for a series (tons of partly told stories) than an interesting freestanding story in itself.


    Has The Spirit Thief turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I've read plenty of good books in this genre and will again.


    What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great voices, pacing, humor. He brings more than the text provides.


    Do you think The Spirit Thief needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Well, it clearly has a world that's a lot bigger than we got to here -- we solved the starting problem, but we don't know what will happen to most of the characters, given the striking changes in their states in the course of this story. And some are being chased by big forces, you don't know who to root for... Could be interesting if somebody else wrote it.


    Any additional comments?

    It's not the worst book I've read, but there's no way I'm going back for more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 08-23-17
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    "griping adventure"

    I read the books years ago and I remembered that I liked them.
    well I happen to be on a 2 week camping trip with family and thought long and hard for the right book series to listen to..
    decided wisely is all I say...im loving it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan BALTIMORE, MD, United States 07-31-17
    Susan BALTIMORE, MD, United States 07-31-17 Member Since 2014
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    "We will see..."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I am torn on this particular book. Some elements were interesting and may convince me to read on, however, I have not made that decision yet. The world building was well done and certain relationships were intriguing, but the character development fell short overall. I like that the main male and female characters were equally strong and neither of them were insipid or whiny. On this alone, I may be compelled to read on. Another plus is that I never felt talked down to by the author which is a personal turnoff with any book. My hesitation is that I am not certain the author used their time wisely in the book. I believe it is important, even in the first of a series to demonstrate that the author can elicit some kind of emotion from the reader and this is where the book truly failed me. Without knowing if the author is capable of drawing me in and making me vested in the outcome of any of the characters, I just do not know if I am willing to read the next book in the series.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I was disappointed. I really wanted to care if any of the characters lived or died and I didn't.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When I understood the threat of a demon-seed.


    Do you think The Spirit Thief needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes. It was not a strong enough book to stand independently.


    Any additional comments?

    This series has potential. I wish the author had gained my faith in her ability to pull me in. At this point, if I move forward, it will be a toss of the die on whether the book will be something I could really enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Shoemaker 07-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Unique fantasy concept."

    Simple story but unique fantasy concept. Characters are limited in development but the storyline is quick and fun to read/listen. Listening performance is good. Nice quick read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    April Ambler, PA 07-01-17
    April Ambler, PA 07-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Awesome book, very well written"

    I have never been a fantasy reader but Rachel Aaron has converted me, to her books.
    I began reading this book because I read her book "2k to 10k. I wanted to write more but I needed proof. If I were going to use her system I didn't want to sacrifice quality for quantity, so I decided to read one of her books.
    This book delivered everything. Great story, dynamic characters, believable plot, and loved the twists. Mrs. Aaron knows her stuff and she has a new fan in me. I'm ready for book 2 in this series and I have been reading her blog to help with my writing too.
    Luke Daniels did a wonderful job narrating this book. Love the accents and voices. Very enjoyable book to listen too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Knapp 04-19-17
    Jane Knapp 04-19-17
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    "Great First Book"
    What made the experience of listening to The Spirit Thief the most enjoyable?

    The action sequences were vivid.


    What did you like best about this story?

    More and more characters joined the story with unexpected plot twists


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    I liked that the narrator came across as a story teller rather than a person of many voices.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book was entertaining enough that I finished in one session. I had to find out how it ended.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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